Upper Ocean Heat Budget in the Southeast Pacific Stratus Cloud Region using Eddy-Resolving HYCOM
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CONCLUSIONS Geostrophic transport in the upper 50m causes net cooling in most of the stratus cloud region. Ekman transport provides net warming north of the IMET site and net cooling south of the IMET site. The eddy heat flux divergence term can be comparable to other terms at a particular location such as the IMET site, but it is negligible for the entire stratus region when area averaged since it is not spatially coherent in the open ocean. Surface buoy observations in locations both north and south of the IMET site would be useful.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography